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Rage Against the Machine

May 03rd, 2016 by MC


My oldest will be old enough for Kindergarten in the fall. The small talk question of the moment from our fellow parents is, “Where are you enrolling him?” In our school district, that’s more than a geography question. It’s a big district with more or less open enrollment, and they’ve done an admirable job of making sure there is an abundance of options. Gifted programs, foreign language immersion schools, charter schools with a patriotic focus, etc.

He won’t be going to any of those, however. As we’ve anticipated since before he was born, he’s going to be homeschooled.

“So, if you don’t mind me asking, why are you homeschooling? Is it for academic or moral reasons or what?”

No one asks these questions of parents who send their kids to the Japanese immersion school. (more…)

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May 03rd, 2016 01:11:36

The worst part of this election season

March 23rd, 2016 by Vader

Is how many of my interactions online, even with old friends with whom I usually agree, have become testy.

It is very tempting to withdraw into my meditation chamber and not come out until December.

But that won’t pay the bills, so I remind myself that there is no salvation in politics.

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March 23rd, 2016 13:22:39

Translating the scriptures

March 22nd, 2016 by Vader

An article from the April Ensign.


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March 22nd, 2016 11:52:54

Angina Monologue 29

March 21st, 2016 by Vader

His Majesty didn’t come to breakfast the other day.


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March 21st, 2016 14:08:46

No Repentance without Punishment

March 04th, 2016 by G.


Now, repentance could not come unto men except there were a punishment, which also was eternal.


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March 04th, 2016 07:44:36

The Salmon is the Work of God’s Hands

March 03rd, 2016 by G.

A Northwest tribe pooled money to fertilize the nearby ocean with iron sulfate. They hoped to boost plankton, giving wild salmon more to eat.

They succeeded in spades. The salmon catch quadrupled.

This year, the number of salmon caught in the northeast Pacific more than quadrupled, going from 50 million to 226 million. In the Fraser River, which only once before in history had a salmon run greater than 25 million fish (about 45 million in 2010), the number of salmon increased to 72 million.

I deeply respect the tribe’s initiative and self-help in the service of the common good and of their customs. This is how people should live. (more…)

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March 03rd, 2016 08:19:46

Deification of the Dust

March 02nd, 2016 by G.



Adam and Eve were created from the dust, the scriptures tell us. We haven’t escaped that lowly origin. Dust is where we come from, dust is who we are, and dust is where we are headed. (more…)

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March 02nd, 2016 07:18:14

Patriarchy, Risk and Reward

March 01st, 2016 by G.

Patriarchy is the theory that men should be the primary bearers of risks. Risk of death or injury, risk of bankruptcy and failure. In marriage the wife shares much of the risk, but even then the risk is disproportioned. If a man dies his family’s prospects will be badly damaged, but they will at least still be alive. If a man fails at business, his whole family shares his poverty, but only a part of his shame. (more…)

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March 01st, 2016 07:20:45

Darwin Prophesies the End of the World

February 29th, 2016 by G.

Descent of Man Evolution implies eschatology. (more…)

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February 29th, 2016 07:26:01

Some theological speculations regarding the Heavenly Mother

February 07th, 2016 by Vader

Keeping in mind that these ruminations are purely speculative.


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February 07th, 2016 04:56:30

Evolutionary Adaptation and the Prophets: Courtship

November 16th, 2015 by G.

Sex selection is a big thing in evolution.  Why does the peacock have a gaudy, useless tail?  The only reason we can think of is that drab little peahens like the macho display.  The tail says, “look at me!  I’m (bird)man enough to survive and thrive while carrying all this useless junk around.”  So generation after generation the drab little peahens flock around the guys with the biggest tail and cluck over his eggs, and so generation after generation the little male peachicks are the ones with the genes for the biggest tails.  So every generation the pea race gets bigger tails, tempered only by the fact that, you know, a lot of the peacocks sporting big tails probably get eaten.

That’s the theory anyway.  It’s the best explanation we can come up with for features that otherwise don’t make sense. (more…)

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November 16th, 2015 06:41:19

On the Origin of Mormonism by Means of Natural Selection

November 06th, 2015 by MC

Some of our most cherished Mormon practices and traditions are valued nearly as much for their “unintended” results as for their stated objectives. A couple of examples: (more…)

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November 06th, 2015 01:00:43

When the inconsequential becomes consequential

October 11th, 2015 by Vader

It was Fast and Testimony Meeting in my ward today. I normally sit towards the back, where all the Class C medical devices I’m wrapped in are a bit less of a distraction for my fellow Saints.


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October 11th, 2015 15:08:10

This is my country

September 13th, 2015 by Vader

… these are a savage and brutal people, given to all manner of atrocities. They eat each other, they starve each other, they kill each other. They have no art and only the most primitive of science, yet such is their violent nature that even with so little knowledge they are now energetically using it to exterminate each other, tribe against tribe.

— “The Moderator”
Robert A. Heinlein, Have Space Suit – Will Travel


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September 13th, 2015 14:03:01

The Angels that Pertain to Us

September 11th, 2015 by G.

I like the old, weird Mormonism.  The quirky doctrines that float out there like driftwood, but that tie in profoundly to the gospel when rightly understood.  Things like the three degrees of glory, immortal bodies having flesh but not blood, the devil’s dominion over the waters, the two atonements on the cross and at Gethsemane.

But the author of Mormonism is also the author of mere Christianity.  There’s plenty of quirks there too. (more…)

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September 11th, 2015 11:03:00